A trio of Canadian policemen, who are also brothers, will head to Scotland in October to take part in the Great Scottish Run half marathon. Andrew, Dave, and Ken Poustie are running in memory of their dad David, originally from Dumbarton, who died in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
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The brothers are running to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, as Andrew explained: “Our dad was a very active man, who played soccer at a high level. He was very athletic and took care of himself. When he was diagnosed, we saw Parkinson’s rob our father of the physical ability he once had and stopped him from doing the things he loved. We are coming from Canada to do this run and believe research anywhere in the world to find a cure to this disease benefits Parkinson’s patients all over the world.
“I had set a goal of running a half marathon this year after quitting smoking and making some lifestyle changes. I was inspired by my brother Ken - who had run Chicago Marathon and raised money for Parkinson’s - to do it as a fundraiser myself. My mum suggested I run in Glasgow and make a vacation out of the run. She thought it would be a great tribute to our dad if the three of us ran the half marathon. We have a strong connection to Scotland. Dave was born there, both my parents are from there and we still have family throughout Scotland. This will be our third trip to Scotland in three years.”